The Carrie Diaries (TV series)

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The Carrie Diaries
The Carrie Diaries intertitle.png
Format
Based onThe Carrie Diaries 
by Candace Bushnell
Developed byAmy B. Harris
Starring
Narrated byAnnaSophia Robb
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes26 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Running time42 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Broadcast
Original channelThe CW
Original runJanuary 14, 2013 (2013-01-14) – present
Chronology
Preceded bySex and the City
(1998–2004)
External links
Website
 
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The Carrie Diaries
The Carrie Diaries intertitle.png
Format
Based onThe Carrie Diaries 
by Candace Bushnell
Developed byAmy B. Harris
Starring
Narrated byAnnaSophia Robb
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes26 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Running time42 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Broadcast
Original channelThe CW
Original runJanuary 14, 2013 (2013-01-14) – present
Chronology
Preceded bySex and the City
(1998–2004)
External links
Website

The Carrie Diaries is an American teen drama television series on The CW. It is a prequel to the HBO television series Sex and the City and based on the book of the same name by Candace Bushnell. The first season of the show focuses on Carrie Bradshaw during her junior year of high school in 1984, and she explores life in New York while interning at a law office. On May 11, 2012, the pilot was picked up by The CW to series and premiered on January 14, 2013.[1]

On May 9, 2013, The CW renewed The Carrie Diaries for a second season, consisting of 13 episodes[2] which premiered on October 25, 2013.[3]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main cast[edit]

Recurring cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

In September 2011, it was officially announced that The CW was moving forward with a television series as a prequel to the original series, based on The Carrie Diaries. The project is produced by Gossip Girl producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage. Former Sex and the City writer Amy B. Harris penned the adaptation.[7]

On January 18, 2012, The CW ordered a pilot of The Carrie Diaries. The project will continue to be helmed by executive producers Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage, Len Goldstein and Candace Bushnell.[8] On May 11, the pilot was picked up to series.[9] On May 9, 2013, The CW renewed The Carrie Diaries for a second season.[2] It has received an initial order of 13 episodes.[10]

Casting[edit]

On February 15, 2012, the series' first role was cast. Stefania Owen has landed the part of Carrie Bradshaw's 14-year-old sister Dorrit. She's described as rebelling in the most obvious of ways: dyeing her hair, getting arrested, acting out. Dorrit is desperate for attention and willing to get it any way she can.[11] On February 27, 2012, it was announced that AnnaSophia Robb had won the role of the young Carrie Bradshaw.[12] On February 28, Katie Findlay and Ellen Wong joined her. Wong will play Carrie's best friend in high school, Jill Chen. Also known as 'The Mouse', Jill is said to be intelligent and loyal. Findlay will star in the project as Carrie's oldest friend Maggie Landers, the police chief's daughter. Whereas Carrie is beginning to explore Manhattan, Maggie has no desire to leave her town.[13] On March 2, 2012, Deadline reported that Austin Butler has been cast as the male lead. Butler will play Sebastian Kydd, a brooding heartthrob and ultimate insider who always plays the outsider. His presence at Carrie's school will shake things up in a big way.[14] On March 4, 2012, Deadline announced that Freema Agyeman has been cast in the pilot as Larissa, a hip, cutting-edge editor and party girl who works at Interview magazine and is Carrie's mentor.[15] On the same day, Brendan Dooling, who originally auditioned for the role of Sebastian,[16] joined the cast as Walt, Carrie's gay friend.[15] On March 9, 2012, Deadline reported that Matt Letscher had been cast as Carrie's father.[17] On March 14, 2012 it was announced that Chloe Bridges had been cast as Carrie's nemesis Donna LaDonna.[18]

On July 20, 2013, E! News reported that actress Lindsey Gort was cast as Samantha Jones for the second season.[5] English model Poppy Delevingne also auditioned for the role.[19]

Episodes[edit]

SeasonTimeslot (ET)EpisodesPremieredEndedRankAverage viewers
(in millions)
DatePremiere viewers
(in millions)
DateFinale viewers
(in millions)
Season 1Mondays 8:00 pm13January 14, 2013 (2013-01-14)1.61[20]April 8, 2013 (2013-04-08)1.00[21]#143[22]1.14
Season 2Fridays 8:00 pm13October 25, 2013 (2013-10-25)0.78January 31, 2014 (2014-01-31)0.86TBATBA

Reception[edit]

The Carrie Diaries has received generally mixed to positive reviews. The first season was given a 57% score on Metacritic, indicating "mixed or average reviews", based on 23 critics.[23]

Gail Pennington of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch said "The CW's attempt to capture the magic of Sex and the City in a prequel, set in 1984, could have gone very wrong. But The Carrie Diaries is surprisingly right."[24] Marisa LaScala of PopMatters says "The rest of the show goes on to prize sweetness over superficiality."[25] Alan Sepinwall of Hitfix describes "The new series succeeds on its own nostalgic terms."[26]

Broadcast[edit]

In the United States, on their first season, The Carrie Diaries aired on The CW on Mondays at 8:00 pm as a lead-in for 90210 and is then streamed on The CW's website. The show moved to Fridays for its second season and it premiered on October 25, having been paired with America's Next Top Model.[27] In Canada, the series airs on Citytv, and premiered January 14, 2013.[28] In Australia, the series started airing on January 15, 2013 on FOX8.[29] In Latin America, the series premiered on Boomerang on May 20, 2013.[30] In India, the series premiered on June 8, 2013 on Zee Cafe. [31]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hibberd, James (November 8, 2012). "'Carrie Diaries' gets CW premiere date". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved November 8, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Kondolojy, Amanda (May 9, 2013). "'Nikita' Renewed For A Short (Final?) 4th Season & 'The Carrie Diaries' Renewed For 2nd Season". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 10, 2013. 
  3. ^ Mittovich, Matt (June 24, 2013). "Fall TV Premiere Dates: The CW Once Again Opens Its Season in October". TV Line. Retrieved June 24,2013. 
  4. ^ Bucksbaum, Sydney (August 15, 2013). "'Carrie Diaries' Season 2 scoop: How will Carrie Bradshaw meet Samantha Jones?". Zap2It. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Bricker, Tierney (July 20, 2013). "The Carrie Diaries Casts Samantha Jones For Season 2". E! Online. Retrieved July 20, 2013. 
  6. ^ Slezak, Michael (July 20, 2013). "The Carrie Diaries Scoop: Meet Young Samantha!". TV Line. Retrieved July 21, 2013. 
  7. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (September 11, 2011). "'The Carrie Diarires' Now Officially At CW With 'Gossip Girl' Producers On Board". Deadline.com. Retrieved July 15, 2012. 
  8. ^ Hibberd, James (January 18, 2012). "CW orders 'Sex and the City' prequel pilot, more". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved September 6, 2012. 
  9. ^ Goldberg, Lesley; Rose, Lacey (May 11, 2012). "CW's 'Carrie Diaries,' 'Arrow,' 'Cult,' 'First Cut,' 'Beauty and the Beast' Ordered to Series". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 12, 2012. 
  10. ^ "The CW Confirms "Carrie Diaries," "Beauty and the Beast" Episode Orders; Other Post-Upfront Notes". Thefutoncritic.com. May 16, 2013. Retrieved May 18, 2013. 
  11. ^ Hibberd, James (February 15, 2012). "'Carrie Diaries' casting scoop: Bradshaw's sister is... – EXCLUSIVE". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved February 28, 2012. 
  12. ^ Oldenburg, Ann (February 27, 2012). "AnnaSophia Robb lands role as young Carrie Bradshaw". USA Today. Retrieved February 28, 2012. 
  13. ^ Wightman, Catriona (February 28, 2012). "'Sex and the City' prequel casts Katie Findlay, Ellen Wong". Digital Spy. Retrieved February 28, 2012. 
  14. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (March 2, 2012). "Sarah Wright & Amy Huberman Get Leads In NBC Pilots, Austin Butler In 'Carrie Diaries'". Deadline.com. Retrieved March 3, 2012. 
  15. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (March 4, 2012). "Billy Burke In 'Revolution', David Harbour In 'Midnight Sun' Among Pilot Cast Additions". Deadline.com. Retrieved March 6, 2012. 
  16. ^ Etkin, Jaimie (April 8, 2013). "'Carrie Diaries' Finale: Brendan Dooling Previews What's To Come For Walt". The Huffington Post. Retrieved July 28, 2013. 
  17. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (March 9, 2012). "Carrie Bradshaw Gets A Father, Cuba Gooding Gets A Wife In Pilot Castings". Deadline.com. Retrieved March 10, 2012. 
  18. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (March 14, 2012). "Pilots 'Revolution', 'Baby Big Shot' & 'Carrie Diaries' Add Regulars". Deadline.com. Retrieved March 15, 2012. 
  19. ^ "Poppy Delevingne Samantha Jones audition". 
  20. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (January 15, 2013). "Monday Final Ratings: 'How I Met Your Mother,' 'The Bachelor' Adjusted Up". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved January 16, 2013. 
  21. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (April 9, 2013). "Monday Final Ratings: 'The Voice' & 'Dancing With the Stars' Adjusted Up; 'Revolution' Adjusted Down + Basketball Finals". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 9, 2013. 
  22. ^ Patten, Dominic (May 23, 2013). "Full 2012-2013 TV Season Series Rankings". Deadline.com. Retrieved May 25, 2013. 
  23. ^ "'The Carrie Diaries' review: Forget about 'Sex and the City' and enjoy The CW's new series". Metacritic. Retrieved January 16, 2012. 
  24. ^ Pennington, Gail (January 14, 2012). "TV review: CW's 'Carrie Diaries' is a charmer". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved January 16, 2012. 
  25. ^ LaScala, Marisa (January 14, 2012). "'The Carrie Diaries': High School Origin Story". PopMatters. Retrieved January 16, 2012. 
  26. ^ Spinwall, Alan (January 14, 2012). "Review: CW's 'The Carrie Diaries' takes 'Sex and the City' back to the '80s". Hitfix. Retrieved January 16, 2012. 
  27. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (May 16, 2013). "CW 2013-14 Primetime Schedule: 'Hart of Dixie' and 'Beauty and the Beast' Pair Monday, 'Supernatural' to Tuesday, 'The Carrie Diaries' Friday + 'Nikita' TBD". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 16, 2013. 
  28. ^ "Citytv Announces 2013 Mid-Season Premiere Dates". December 11, 2012. Retrieved March 21, 2013. 
  29. ^ "Five of the best programs on TV this summer". December 12, 2012. Retrieved April 3, 2013. 
  30. ^ Furquim, Fernanda (May 16, 2013). "'The Carrie Diaries' apresentará o primeiro encontro de Carrie e Samantha". Veja (in Portuguese). Editora Abril. Retrieved June 1, 2013. 
  31. ^ http://www.zeecafe.tv/shows/the-carrie-diaries/

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